Good Lord!-did anyone actually like it?-bloody terrible film-Michael Bay does WW2...
I liked it too
Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377
It takes place during the late thirties purges in Russia.
Its not an action packed shoot-em-up movie by a long shot (no pun intended), but its starkly beautiful filmed, well played and the movie oozes of the very characteristic melancholic Russian mentality and the traits, which makes some Russian movies a special experience to watch (no, Im not a re-incarnation of Roger Ebert - I just liked the movie).
Non-spoiler plot alert: Russia, 1936 - revolutionary hero Colonel Kotov is spending an idyllic summer in his dacha with his young wife and six-year-old daughter Nadia and other assorted family and friends. Things change dramatically with the unheralded arrival of Cousin Dmitri from Moscow, who charms the women and little Nadia with his games and pianistic bravura. But Kotov isn't fooled: this is the time of Stalin's repression, with telephone calls in the middle of the night spelling doom - and he knows that Dmitri isn't paying a social call.
Burnt by the Sun takes place over the course of one day.
Russian director and actor Nikita Mikhalkov (main character) is excellent both behind the camera when directing the movie and in the role of Colonel Kotov.
Oleg Menshikov is most excellent as well and perfect for the role of Mitya.
NB Disregard the sequel(s).
"The German Army is the perfectly adapted, perfectly running Machine. The difference is that the Germans are organised with a view to War...with the cold, hard, practical and business-like purpose of winning victories."
G.W. Steevens - The Daily Mail (1897)
Well they looked like they tried to make them look like German tanks , remember movies from the 60's & 70's with M-48 with a German cross painted on the side !
And Scout I also loved "Burnt by the Sun" great movie . Both sad and beautiful at the same time . But you can't beat "Cross of Iron" for a war movie .
A classic war movie and one that has stood the test of time.
Peckinpah and Coburn - a tough combination to beat.
When Peckinpah is bad, he is good. When he is good, he is VERY good!
As for tough guy actors in the same vein as Coburn, I also like Lee Marvin in 'The Big Red One.'
Lee Marvin was in the USMC during WWII. He was wounded whilst on Saipan.
The director, Sam Fuller, served as a rifleman in the U.S. 1st Infantry Division during World War II. Fuller saw action in North Africa, Sicily, Omaha Beach on D-Day, and then on through Europe to Czechoslovakia. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. He later used many of his war experiences in 'The Big Red One.'
Just Googled Lee Marvin & the Big Red 1...Interesting 10 minute read!!!. Cheers Terry.
Sam Fuller said the only way to make a truly accurate war movie was to randomly spray the audience with a machine gun....